Dave Tippett is Symbolic of Hockey’s Biggest Issue

Dave Tippett’s response to all that came out about the Chicago Blackhawks isn’t good enough and highlights Hockey’s biggest issue

Dave Tippett out as coach of Coyotes

As you’ve likely already seen, many details about the sexual assault that was committed by the Chicago Blackhwaks video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 were released yesterday. I won’t attempt to cover the full story here but if you want to read about it before reading this article here are some pieces that more qualified people than myself have written as well as an interview with Kyle Beach who yesterday identified himself as the victim in the case.

A full rundown of the case – SportingNews

A timeline of events – TSN

In light of all this, many people from across the hockey world shared their thoughts on the situation and Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett, was one of them. He had this to say:

This response by Dave Tippett is absolutely unacceptable and his attempt to downplay the severity of this case because he had “personal relationships” is ridiculous. This type of behavior is emblematic of many of the issues that persist within hockey and it’s something that needs to change. For years now Hockey has had a culture that has allowed things like racism, sexism and assault to happen with little to no consequenses. Like Tippett does here, issues like this are usually ignoired rather than addressed and more often than not, victims are pushed out rather than helped. If this is the mindset that the people within the league have, things like this will continue to happen, players like Akim Aliu will continue to be blacklisted and people like Brad Aldrich will continue to be hired. The league failed Kyle Beach and they continue to fail him with responses like that of Dave Tippett.

Hockey needs to change, and that can’t happen until the people within the league begin to take accountability and take a stance against action like these. Dave Tippett’s attempt to just gloss over these events is unacceptable and as long as this is the stance that people in the league are taking, things will just stay the same. Hockey has to stop letting teams like the Blackhawks off the hook and take real action against issues that have been plaguing it for years, and that starts with getting rid of people like Tippett. Whether he’s a good coach or not, this isn’t someone I want coaching my team. It’s time for the league to take accountability. It’s time for change.

3 thoughts

  1. The response of so many is the pass the buck,as often organizations never get held accountable.No one wants to risk their job by pushing too hard.This sadly isnt just an NHL issue,it is a sociatal issue that extends in most places.True leaders are too often crushed and never created.The organization itself is more important than individual rights.

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  2. The response of so many is the pass the buck,as often organizations never get held accountable.No one wants to risk their job by pushing too hard.This sadly isnt just an NHL issue,it is a sociatal issue that extends in most places.True leaders are too often crushed and never created.The organization itself is more important than individual rights.

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  3. Absolutely unacceptable

    Joel Quennville said with his words that Snake Bite him ” winning a cup and playoffs matters more than sexual assault ”

    There is no doubt unequivocally without question that ownership Danny Whirtz and Whirtz family knew full well what was going on along with senior mgmt.

    This not first time seen such grotesque and unspeakable actions in Hockey back in 90’s Graham James was the go to guy for amateur Hockey players in WHL, he was main guy make things happen. At the time was HC of Calgary Hitmen his victims were Theo Fluery, Sheldon Kennedy and Patrick O’Sullivan just to name a few a lot more in fact he was convicted 350 counts of historical sexual assault and 39 counts statutory rape on minor.

    However before he could be sentenced fled the country to Trinidad and Tobago where there’s no extradition been hiding there ever since.

    Now that Kyle story is out there no more hiding the truth and this stigma and obscene actions and events like what took place not just with Black Ace Kyle Beach.

    Sidney Crosby said he was aware of it Brent Sopel and Nick Boyton knew there was no question what had happened and that team infrastructure was well aware choose to be complacent. How deep this runs we may never know the full scale and details.

    If I am Blackhawks I would cease and assist immediately to have Brad Aldrich named erased from any ties from the hawks starting with 2010 Lord Stanley’s Cup named eradicated from history.

    With all levels including coaches like Mike Babcock and Bill Peter’s need not be allowed to breathe or even flourish in the league again.

    There is no place or foundation to allowed such horrendous events Hockey and sports of all nature should be pure and enjoyable by all.

    Slainte

    Alex

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